Although not coming on fast, bloom is definitely on its way. There are scapes all over the greenhouse and the bud heads (could that refer to Tommy and Tony?) are getting larger every day. This morning while out in the greenhouse, I broke up some pots of H. 'Tickle Me Elmo' into double fans for the orders I have already received. They should start growing immediately in the greenhouse.
I tried another thing this morning. I am going to introduce seedling No. 0742 in 2011 and needed just a few more fans. I depotted (is that a word) some and broke the 4 fans apart. I then sliced through the plant vertically to make 8 fans, sprinkled some Root Tone on them and repotted. I only tried a few to see if it would work for me.
Now to this morning's bloom . . .
There were three seedlings blooming this morning, two of which I have shown you before, seedlings No. 9009 (Spectral Elegance X Wonder Of It All) and No. 9022 (Spring Formal X Judith Aucoin). The new one today was seedling No. 9041 shown on the bottom. The pod parent was tetra H. 'Lavender Blue Baby' (top left) X our seedling No. 0492 (Edge Of Darkness X Lee Pickles) (bottom left).
I don't know what I really expected when I made this cross . . . maybe getting some blue in it . . . but as you can see, that did not happen. I think the flower did turn out quite spectacularly with the merlot eye and edge with a wire of gold. Also got the nice green throat that I like. Nice form with wide petals.
Maybe more tomorrow . . .
2018 Winter Symposium; Indianapolis, Indiana
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